Moving elements twice our size is no easy feat. But now, the future of construction may be easier with “Walking Assembly.”
The video below shows two men moving two massive concrete structures, without any trucks, gear, or lifts. Despite some innate doubt, these structures are indeed concrete masonry units and were made in collaboration with CEMEX Global R&D.
Normally, structures this size rely on cranes to guide them into place, but now these smart structures utilize intelligent transportation and assembly to create colossal concrete structures that are easy to move.
According to Matter Design Studio, “By using variable density concrete, the center of mass of the object is calibrated precisely to control the stable, but easy motion of the elements. This ensures that these massive elements successfully walk and assemble into place, creating the possibility for a crane-less tilt up construction method and turning our building sites into spectacles of play.”
Additionally, Business Insider says Matter Design relies on a computer algorithm to determine what building materials to use and where to place the center of mass. Once the algorithm finds a formula that won’t work in real life, the researchers then make appropriate adjustments to make sure the object will be mobile for humans.
The architects were inspired by the Moai statues on Easter Island. Apparently, they weighed up 164,000 pounds and “moved” themselves by walking. Although they most likely didn’t move themselves, it is thought the statues were designed to be “walked” or “rocked” into place.
Now, Walking Assembly’s rounded edges, handle points, and varying-density concrete slabs emanate these statues by being rocked, tilted, or rolled into place. According to Business Insider, these structures are designed to last an eternity and could be taken apart to form new configurations. This could drastically change the future of our structures.
Filed Under: Rapid prototyping